Stu finally responds: Did he know he was in violation of MLB rules when he caught the foul ball?

Glenn, Pat, and Stu were back from vacation this morning, which meant Stu finally had the chance to be tortured – ahem, questioned – about his ill-fated catch at a Toronto Blue Jays game last month that cost his beloved team an out. So did Stu know he was in violation of MLB Rule 3.16 when he reached over the wall to snag Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus’ foul ball?

As a refresher, below is the video of the play courtesy of MLB.com:

As you will notice, Stu reached over the stands to catch a foul ball hit by Rasmus as Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney slid toward the wall in an attempt to make the catch. That action was in violation of MLB Rule 3.16, which states: “Should a spectator reach out on the playing field side of such fence, railing or rope, and plainly prevent the fielder from catching the ball, then the batsman should be called out for the spectator’s interference.” The first base umpire deemed Stu’s catch to be interference, and Rasmus was called out.

Considering the Blue Jays lost the game 8-0, Stu’s catch obviously made no difference in the outcome. But that didn’t stop Glenn and Pat from having a bit of fun at his expense.

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The first question on everyone’s mind was: Did Stu and his seatmate – Mercury Radio Arts CEO Chris Balfe – lose their seats?

“A man from the Blue Jays organization did come to visit me. It was about five or six minutes later,” Stu explained. “First thing he said to me was, ‘You have the ball? Give me the ball.’ He took the ball and he’s like, ‘You cannot be in the field of play.’”

At the time, Stu was adamant he did not reach over the wall onto the field – though he admitted the video shows otherwise. While the Blue Jays rep gave Stu a bit of a hard time, he was able to keep his seat… and the ball!

“He came down. He chastised me. And then he’s like, ‘I can kick you out for this.’ And at this point, you know, these are great seats. They’re called, by the way, ‘in-the-action seating,’” Stu said. “But the guy then softened and was very nice and gave the ball back to me, and I kept the seats.”

Equally important: The spectators sitting around Stu were remarkably supportive despite the fact he cost their team an out.

“The crowd, by the way, around me was very supportive,” Stu said. “They were on my side… When he called me out, they booed him. They tortured this ump all night. It was the greatest thing of all time. Like everyone around us, just hammering this guy all night.”

Finally, Glenn asked Stu what he plans to do with his incredible souvenir.

“I want to have it mounted with a picture of me looking like an idiot and give it to my son because it’s ‘the catch’ now,” Stu said. “This is what was so amazing at that moment… I had no idea the guy had run from first base. You are in such a tunnel. I knew it was right there. I didn’t think I took a step forward. I did – but I didn’t think I did. And it fell right there. And, of course, my amazing abilities just shined through… Just wow.”

“You know what I think this makes this a charming story,” Glenn concluded sarcastically, “your humility.”

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  • Yo Mamma

    Slow day stirring the pot Glenn

    • soybomb315

      this was the ‘great anticipation’….mix in some jennifer lawrence ‘skin-to-win’ discussion and another day in the books for the ‘libertarian’ mover and shaker

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    Stu just pulled an Obama. It is what Obama did with Obamacare the economy and everything else he screwed.

  • Lee Wilson

    um..Stu…I think you need to..well..make an apology. .and ..out of sportsmanship. .return the ball.

    • http://thedoctorwhocurescancer.com/ TheDoctorWhoCuresCancer

      Didn’t Stu say the stadium official took the ball?

      Then Glenn is asking him what he’s going to do with the ball, and Stu says he wants to have the ball mounted next to a photo. It’s all so confusing.

      • Sandy

        They also say later that the guy gave the ball back.

  • fawnday

    Even though you were in the tunnel you didn’t have to lean over the wall. The ball could have come to you regardless. Reason being the wall was in the way and it looked like it would have bounced off the wall and gone either way. If it had gone backwards you would have caught it. Or you could have helped with the game in a utility player sort of way because it was close enough that you could have batted it with your hand right at the guy who was sliding into the wall. Maybe you can do that next time or something. You helping the game out could really, truly be something to brag to your family about.

  • Bond James

    The first baseman would have caught the ball anyway and the runner would have been out. I think Stu was being strategic but he got caught!

  • Fed Up

    I think ANY fan that reaches over the wall regardless of if it is a side wall or the rear outfield all they should be immediately remove from he stadium, refused future entry into the stadium for the next year as well, AND fined on top of it.

    • http://oldboyconservative.wordpress.com/ RockwellH

      If they don’t want fans to do things like this , then they need to stop putting them in the field of play.

    • ServosT

      And killed. They should also be killed. And shot.

      • usaok59

        Hahahaha!! Good one.

    • Chris

      and have their head cut off…. :P

    • Dennis Ferguson

      ya fed up lets talk about why baseball fans are allready leaving 50 bucks for popcorn and a soda not to mention a 200 dollar ticket price ya you go ahead with your plan and baseball will be bankrupt in under a year as not one person would even show up. kinda like the guy who beat the dog in the elvator there consions bussniess was about to go out of bussniess for his actions you start banning people and issueing fines then your customers wont come back think about money wise versus your pissed off your team got there asses whipped 8-0 yaa i said it.

      • John Moses Browning

        Well Said Brother! You hit the nail right on the head!

    • BO_stinks

      or build better fences. Fan participation makes it more fun, lighten up.

      • http://kohlrak.sytes.net Shane Tyler Yorks

        Yeah, then we can show congress that bigger and better fences work!

  • Trapper Tom Leturgey

    That made Bartman look like an accident! Stu is fortunate he didn’t get the heave. There’s a lot of argument that he should have. #RookieMistake #BaseballFirstTimer. #GoBackToSoccer

  • Chuck

    I think the fan has a right to the ball as long as he stays off the field. Hell if they don’t want the fans involved don’t put the first row so close to the field.

  • JimNEPA2_0

    To Major League Baseball: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? “Plexiglass”.

    • Bill McClure

      their reply will probably be “shrapnel” haha

  • Phydeux

    Here’s a crazy idea. Build the wall thick enough that only some freakishly tall person could possibly reach over the wall.

  • MrFatgerman .

    Then they shouldn’t let players reach into the stands to catch fouls or homeruns.

    • Trakdog90

      Good Point!

  • conversationpc

    Stu probably had more viewers for that one play at that game than Glenn’s had for the entire year. LOL! :D

  • Bill McClure

    The Bartman comments are irrelevant. The ball Bartman went for was on the rail and therefore was not in the field of play. Alou’s glove went into foul territory to attempt the catch. And that is ignoring the 3-0 Cubs lead going into that inning, Gonzalez’s (the Cubs SS) error that should have resulted in an inning ending double play, and the 8 runs the Marlins scored that inning, none of which could be attributed to Bartman.

  • peter guarino

    Why do they make the seats so close if you are not supposed to reach over the wall if its that important? Why punish the batter? Makes no sense whatsoever.

  • Ncrdbl1

    So steve bartman moved to Canada and changed his name to Stu. hmmmm

  • Difference Smifference-Michael

    It should be laissez faire not laissez foule…if you do not want fans interfering, keep them away from field!

  • Thomas Dunville

    And to think, all this time i thought “The Wonderful World of Stu” was a Cooking show, not a Sports show?

  • william baker

    get real,…it’s a damn kids game…..good for the guy catching the ball…..for what these imbecile owners pay these goons to play ball, I say to hell with what they want

  • Kyle Miller

    Oh man, this is awesome!

  • Keninmo

    In all fairness, it was Colby Rasmus. It was going to be an out eventually anyway no matter what, even if Loney dropped it. At least Stu got something to take home.

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  • keep69

    Rules are meant to be broken… Get some thicker skin MLB.

  • guest

    The guy is wrong about Bartmen’s play. The ball was OVER the wall, this is fair play to the fan, he can interfere, and fan interference CAN NOT be called. Replay shows this.

  • William Oscar Hand

    It is the teams fault for being so greedy as to put the seats crammed into the playing area. Shame on the team, not the guy who caught the ball

  • David Bergeron

    Baseball,..what a waste of time.

  • Chief Oren

    Easier just to change the rules. Any fan that can extend his arms into the “field” is the same as any other natural hazard. Learn to live with it. If it is such a problem, then move the boxes back!!

  • diesel

    Unless it helps the Yankees…what BS.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT6q-lDiDA0

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  • leaponover

    It’s just a matter of time until a player dives into the stands or a fan reaches over and collides with a player and it results in mortal wound. Once that happens it will change the game forever (don’t think it can’t happen….I draw your attention to the poor liitle girl who died due to injuries sustained by being hit with a puck at a Columbus Blue Jackets NHL game. From that point on they have put nets up behind the goal to keep the puck from leaving play. They have them behind the plate, it’s only a matter of time before they encase the whole field of play)

  • http://www.arhythmatik.com Clayton Call

    Ahhhhh man this was CLASSIC! Freeking hilarious

  • John Moses Browning

    ACHTUNG! YOU VILL OBEY ALL ZEE RULES UND NOT HAF ANY FUN AT OUR GAMES. OFFENDERS VILL BE SCHOTT!! – The Secret MLB Police

    JEEEEZZ! It’s a freakin’ Baseball Game! a SPORT, not the Supreme Court or some such. People instinctively react when things happen. If you have played baseball or even softball or even WATCHED any of those sports, you instinctively GRAB when something comes in your direction. I watched the video and I believe that this event falls under instinct.

    MLB needs to adjust the rules or fans will start making plays that affect the game!

    As for people like “Fed Up” – GET A LIFE!
    Fed Up, I hope you screw up in a game and instinctively catch a ball and then “they should be immediately remove from (t)he stadium, refused future entry into the stadium for the next year as well, AND fined on top of it”
    Fed Up, you are such a softie!